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baby teethTrue or False? An infant is at risk for tooth decay as soon as their teeth first appear.

True. When baby teeth begin to appear, which is usually around six months after birth, infants are at risk. Tooth decay in babies and small children is typically referred to as “baby bottle tooth decay”. This is most commonly found in the top front teeth, but in some cases, other teeth can be affected as well. Not to worry – tooth decay is always preventable by implementing healthy habits.

True or False? Diluting juice is better for your child’s teeth.

False. When your child drinks any sugary drink, they are at risk of decay buildup. The best way to make drinking juice better for your child’s teeth is to have them rinse their mouth with water afterwards. Limit the amount of sugary drinks your child can have and make sure they brush their teeth two times a day with fluoride toothpaste.

True or False? It is not uncommon for teething babies to experience fevers as well.

False. Contrary to popular belief, it is not normal for a teething infant to be running a fever, nor is it normal for them to be simultaneously experiencing diarrhea or rashes. If your baby is experiencing fevers, diarrhea, or other abnormal symptoms while teething, contact your physician.

True or False? The American Dental Association recommends that parents begin brushing their children’s teeth as soon as they appear.

True. Beginning from the time a child’s teeth first appear up until the age of three, parents/caregivers are recommended to begin brushing children’s teeth with a grain sized smear of fluoride toothpaste. A pea sized dab of toothpaste is recommended for children ages three to six.

True or False? Baby teeth are not important.

False. Baby teeth serve as placeholders for adult teeth. If a baby tooth is lost too prematurely, it can result in poor placement of adult teeth as they begin to come in. This is because adult teeth can drift into the empty space in the child’s mouth, causing crowding and crookedness when the other teeth begin to come in. Caring for your child’s teeth now will help prevent issues in the future.